Mazda Received Three Automotive Brand Contest Awards

2016 Mazda CX-3

2016 Mazda CX-3

Mazda received three Automotive Brand Contest Awards for its Bike by KODO concept and the CX-3, as well as a grand prize for the KODO Design language. The ABC, sponsored by the German Design Council, is a prestigious contest that recognizes outstanding automotive design.

The Mazda team also won the Team of the Year Award, an award given to teams whose designs are consistent and innovative. According to a member of the German Design Council, Mazda’s team are not required to “define a form language,” but instead produce unique designs that still “express lively emotion.”

The awards from the Automotive Brand Contest follow from the recognition Mazda received during the Milan Design Week, which featured a Cars as Art segment including the Bike by KODO concept. The KODO concept was recognized in the Parts & Accessories category at Milan Design Week.

Ikuo Maeda, Executive Officer and Design Chief of Mazda’s Design Division, says his team will continue to “create dynamic and energetic designs that will excite our customers.” Bakersfield Mazda is proud to be part of a company that is innovative yet also stays true to its roots and beliefs.  Tell us what you think of Mazda’s Automotive Brand Contests!

2016 Mazda CX-3 Pricing Announced

Mazda has essentially created a brand new car segment with the all-new CX-3. This subcompact crossover is perfect for the city as well as hitting the open road. Now, as we approach its release date in August, Mazda has announced the 2016 CX-3 pricing.

The CX-3 will have a starting price of only $19,960 when equipped with front-wheel drive. For added stability, you can choose the CX-3 Sport model with Mazda’s i-ACTIV all-wheel drive to provide maximum performance and stability for an added $1,250.

“We wanted to send a strong statement that new buyers, early adopters, empty-nesters and right-sizers can get everything they want in a crossover that fits their needs,” said Jim O’Sullivan, president and CEO, MNAO, in a statement. “CX-3 offers the same technologies and thrilling driving experience seen across the rest of Mazda’s award-winning lineup that we believe will be a great gateway to the Mazda brand.”

Standard features on the CX-3 include a SKYACTIV 2.0-liter engine that will deliver an EPA-estimated 35 mpg on the highway. You’ll also get a standard Mazda Connect seven-inch color touchscreen infotainment system that helps you stay connected.

Best of the Year: Mazda Highlights of 2014

Each year, various carmakers meet different milestones and leave behind certain legacies that they will be remembered for. Mazda certainly had a good year, and now that it’s over, we thought it would be good to take a trip down memory lane to see just what the automaker’s year involved. Check out Bakersfield Mazda’s Mazda highlights of 2014!

2016 Mazda MX-5 Miata Debuts

After 11 years of the third-generation MX-5 Miata, Mazda finally unveiled the 2016 model, which would be the first in the sports car’s fourth generation, at a Duran Duran concert back in September. The new Miata weighs in at 220 pounds lighter than the previous generation, which will surely make for better efficiency and faster pickup. The 2016 model is still recognizable as a Miata—just with a lower front end and sleeker lines.

Mazda highlights of 2014

Introduction of the Mazda CX-3

Towards the end of 2014, Mazda unveiled the new CX-3—a small crossover that slots just underneath the existing CX-5. The CX-5 made its debut at the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show to much applause—which is unsurprising, given its dashing good looks and rumored ultra-efficiency. We won’t see the production version of the CX-3 until next year, but we’re sure excited now we know what to expect!

Mazda2: Japan’s Car of the Year

In October, the Mazda2 was declared Japan’s Car of the Year, narrowly beating out the Mercedes-Benz C-Class. The award was given to the redesigned hatchback, making it the fifth Mazda model to win the award, and the third in three years. The new Mazda2 is fitted with SKYACTIV technology to increase fuel efficiency and boost output. We can expect to see it here sometime next year!

2016 Mazda CX-3 Details: It’s One Hot New Subcompact

Mazda revealed its new 2016 CX-3 at the Los Angeles Auto Show last month, and it’s one of many smaller vehicles on a long list of the industry’s car subgenre. The CX-3 is a lot like the CX-5, but this subcompact is marketed toward a younger audience. It’s smaller and—more importantly—it’s cheaper.

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 details include a structure brand new to the US, that of the Mazda2 hatchback, which is being sold in other markets; though, the CX-3 will have all-wheel drive as well as a larger body and bigger wheels than the Mazda 2.

2016 Mazda CX-3 Details

The 2016 Mazda CX-3 will be a slightly smaller version of the CX-5 pictured here.

Mazda also claims a “world first” for the CX-3: a “wheel slip warning detection system.” This technology could presumably give drivers a heads-up about when their wheels are likely to slip, though Mazda has yet to clarify what it actually does.

With small SUVs and subcompacts quickly becoming the most popular cars in America, the 2016 Mazda CX-3 will likely be a hit with new drivers looking for an affordable ride that can fit into tight, city spaces.

Until the release of the 2016 Mazda CX-3, head on down to Bakersfield Mazda to see our many available Mazda models.